Three members of the SPCHS Class of 2023 presented a synopsis of the book Girl Code to their peers this week in celebration of the Hour of Code! Students London Lafferty, Emerson Morris and Sarah Vyerberg became intrigued with the novel when they were told about it by SPCHS Librarian Loxie Ladner and Information Communication Technology Teacher Victoria Gryder.
According to the website, girlcodethebook.com, the book is “perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you start coding.”
Presenter Emerson Morris said, “The purpose of our project, Girl Code: Girls in the Coding Industry, was to help encourage young women in our school to consider STEM jobs, especially coding. We addressed the book Girl Code and how the two female authors used coding to tear down the gender barrier of STEM using code, all while addressing female social issues in the game they created. We feel it is important for women to use code to give them a voice. Though STEM jobs are often associated with men, women around the world are trying to change that. This project helped us to let the young women in our school know they can accomplish as much as men can in STEM fields.”
London Lafferty, fellow presenter, said, “To me, the most interesting part [of the book] was talking about the actual code they had to write in their camp and the finished product they could create. I learned that code is happening all around the world and it is not just for video games. I plan to use that with code you have the freedom to create anything you want with no limitations.”
Sarah Vyerberg also provided insight into the project, which can be viewed below!
Photos from the presentation can be found below.